Issue No. 03 - May/June (2008 vol. 25)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MS.2008.73
Herwig Mannaert , University of Antwerp
Jan Verelst , University of Antwerp
Kris Ven , University of Antwerp
Organizations have increasingly adopted open source software (OSS) as an essential part of their IT infrastructure. However, several reports and articles contain contradicting claims on the advantages and disadvantages of using OSS. This article describes how decision makers can interpret these reports. The authors performed a case study involving 10 Belgian organizations to support their conclusions from a review of the professional and academic literature. This article can provide decision makers with more insight into whether, when, and how to adopt OSS.
management review and evaluation, management of computing and information systems, software management, software selection
Herwig Mannaert, Jan Verelst, Kris Ven, "Should You Adopt Open Source Software?", IEEE Software, vol. 25, no. , pp. 54-59, May/June 2008, doi:10.1109/MS.2008.73